Nashville, TENN. – Nashville Public Library presents Community of Many Faces, a series of programs which will be held at each of the branches throughout the month of April. Programs are free and open to the public. Please see attached pdf or visit www.library.nashville.org for a complete schedule. Below are some of the programs which will be offered.
Afro Peruvian Fiesta
Afro Peruvian Fiesta is comprised of resident drummers and dancers from the Global Education Center featuring Peruvian artist Jeimy Vitor Gilbert, who danced with a traditional community dance group in Lima, Peru before moving to Nashville in January 2012. This particular dance tradition originates from the coastal regions of central and northern Peru and is accompanied by Afro Latin percussion.
Children Around the World with Charlene Hosey
Explore the everyday world of children through a thirty minute slide show. Following the slide show, children will rotate to centers. The centers include international dress- up, Japanese games & toys, Mexican play kitchen, puzzles and toys of the Middle East, African instruments, activities from India and more. The children will make an Arabic stamped bookmark to take home.
Island Fusion shares the dances and rhythms of the Polynesian Islands. The members of Island Fusion have all grown up at the Global Education Center, studying with many different artists from the Polynesian islands since 1997. The group is known for their engaging and fun performances of traditional drum and dance from Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa and New Zealand.
Lakota Culture and Philosophy with JJ Kent
JJ Kent is a Native American Cultural Speaker, singer, songwriter, and NAMMY-Award winning Flutist of the Year. For Community of Many Faces, he will present his power-point lecture on Lakota culture and philosophy, illustrated with beautiful video footage. He will conclude with an unforgettable performance of his music on the Native American courting flute.
A Moment to Shine with the Nashville Ballet
The dancers will highlight the many cultures and communities who were instrumental in forming the history and art of ballet. With ties to Italy, Russia, and France, the ballerinas will showcase quite a few different cultures through our engaging educational story time event. Don’t miss this 45 minute program, an interactive story of a ballet-smitten swan that gets an unexpected moment to shine onstage with a group of prima ballerinas, a short performance and best of all, time to dance with one of the beautiful ballerinas.
Shaolu McLaren, Chinese Traditional Dance
Shaolu McLaren was a professional dancer in her homeland, China, and has been a resident teacher of Chinese traditional dance at the Global Education Center since moving to Nashville in 2004. She created Little Eagle Dance Academy as a way to introduce children to the traditional dances and culture of China, and she arranges student cultural exchanges between the Global Education Center and schools in China. She will launch her first Chinese Cultural Arts Camp for Children in June, 2012.
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